I'm so pleased with the results. 12 pieces are now out of the flat files and on the wall!
I moved Blanche Big in from the stone porch a few days ago in case the ceiling there decided to leak with all the rain we had. Now she has some company!
Alchemy is a rainbow bridging the chasm between the earthly and heavenly planes, between matter and spirit. Like the rainbow, it may appear within reach, only to recede if one chases it merely to find a pot of gold.
Among those whose works the author has consulted are, Max Muller and Hardwicke on Comparative Mythology; Wilkinson on the Ancient Egyptians; Lenormant on Assyria and Babylon; Haug on the Parsees; Monier Williams on Hinduism; Rhys-Davids, and Barthelemy St. Hilaire on Buddhism, and Edward Arnold's paraphrase of Buddha's life in his "Light of Asia;" Humboldt on Central America; Schoolcraft on the American Indians; Wyatt Gill and Lord Grey on the PacificIslands; Legge, Edkins and S. Wells Williams on the Chinese; Griffis and Sir Edward Reed on Japan; and Stanley and Livingstone on Africa. Beside these he has derived great help from "The Tour of the World with General Grant," and Dr. H. M. Field's "From Egypt to Japan."In case you might begin to question the choice of the overtly Christian image on the cover to represent such a world-wide view, the author comes clean regarding his intentions:
Let it be remembered that this is a pioneer work. The author has had to blaze his pathway through a trackless forest. He has had no guide. He sincerely hopes that by its perusal his readers will be led to an increased appreciation of the infinite superiority of Christianity to all other religions; and that they may find a deepened interest in the welfare of the heathen world.I'm going to enjoy looking through this book closely. But first I'm taking a quick overview to select some of my immediate favorites among numerous incredible images. I even found a fern pressed between the pages by a previous owner: